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    Voyageurs

    National Park Minnesota

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Voyageur Cassettes

Pre-Lesson: Who Were the Voyageurs?

Students will be introduced to the voyageurs by reading and watching supporting materials provided, such as books and a film.

Lesson 1: The Life of a Voyageur

Students will learn about the life of the voyageur by listening to a “real-life” voyageur tell a story of his daily activity.

Lesson 2: Could You Be a Voyageur?

Students will learn the qualities desired in a voyageur by splitting into rival fur trade companies and competing for a new trading expedition. The fur company with the superior voyageurs wins.

Lesson 3: Tools of the Trade

Students will examine items that were traded between the voyageurs and Ojibwe Indians and speculate as to what they were used for.

Lesson 4: Who Were the Ojibwe Indians?

Students will learn about the Ojibwe by examining the items they received by trading with the voyageurs and then determining what these items were used for.

Lesson 5: Waterways as Roads

Students will learn mapping skills by creating their own map of the route of the voyageurs through reading other maps and combining their different features.

Lesson 6: Communication and Merging of a Culture

Students will learn about cultural differences by comparing and contrasting the voyageurs, Ojibwe, and modern day teenagers. They will also discuss how the Ojibwe and voyageur cultures merged over the course of the fur trade era.

Lesson 7: Why People Trade

Students will participate in a game of trading to learn that scarce things hold more value and some things are worth more to one culture than another.

Post-Lesson: The Importance of the Voyageurs

Through discussion and critical thinking, students will recognize the role the voyageurs played in shaping history.

Did You Know?

A volunteer trail crew working on the Kab Ash Trail in Voyageurs National Park

Volunteers helped to maintain and clear park trails, such as the 24 mile-long Kab Ash Trail.